Fall Stock and Barrel 2021

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Via food truck, the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio (NAICCO) sells fry bread, buffalo burgers, savory NAICCO Pockets, and more. But it’s the truck’s origins that make it such a unique story. According to Project Director Ty Smith, a consensus was reached among NAICCO members that it needed some sort of long-term sustainability plan. The food truck was created out of that need, generating funds that ensure NAICCO is stable for the long haul. In this way, it represents—and is backed by—not just one or two singular owners, but an entire community. “It not only serves as a vehicle for ensuring the sustainability of NAICCO and all the important cultural preservation/restoration and community development programming we offer, but it also allows us to bring our own into the fold along the way; so, they too are able to take on that same sense of pride,” said Smith. “They are not only learning the pathways of our Peoples’ foods, but they [are] also helping ensure the future of our home, NAICCO, and all the important mission work our agency is about.”→

"they are not only learning the pathways of our

Peoples'

Food, but they

[are] also helping ensure the future of our home..." ↑ Ty Smith, Project Director